Happy New Year From Toddrickallen!

It looks like we can expect another year of LA food scene craziness.   And I’ll be right there with you in 2018… Let’s see what happens next.  Until then, thanks for reading and Happy New Year!  Enjoy!



Merci Clement Replaces Stick Shop In Downtown Santa Monica

While no one was looking, Stickhouse, at 223 Broadway in downtown Santa Monica, slipped out of existence and was replaced my another treat shop Merci Clement.  If you read this blog, you may remember Merci Clement from its opening in Beverly Hills earlier this year.  (Interestingly, it may already be closed:  A spokesperson at the Santa Monica location reported it as closed and it doesn’t appear on their official website, but I cannot confirm this.)  It looks like this incarnation retains Stickhouse’s array of frozen treats, and adds some French pastries as well.


North Shore Poke Co. Goes Belly Up In Beverly Hills

And while we’re on the subject of comings and goings in Beverly Hills, here’s more sad news.  It was only a few months ago that a hopeful North Shore Poke Co. opened for business at 9461 S. Santa Monica Blvd.  It appears that they have abandoned the notoriously tricky address.  A hastily written note attached to the front states that they have relocated to Hermosa Beach.



Oro Caffe Still On Its Way To BH

I first noticed a while ago that something called Oro Caffe was replacing longstanding Euro Caffe at 9559 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, a brave location right in the middle of a stretch that is particularly challenging for restaurants.  And then nothing happened… for almost two years!  Since many of you have been checking for updates, I have been keeping my eye on the place.  I was convinced that they had abandoned plans until recently.  Work has finally commenced and a small now hiring sign has been placed in the window confirming that they are indeed still on their way.  I’m not sure what the holdup was or when exactly they intend on opening, but rest assured that it will probably be soon.




Mendocino Farms Setting Up Shop in Brentwood

The shopping center on the corner of Montana and San Vicente in Brentwood has seen a great deal of turnover recently.  The latest to try their hand at the location will be farm-to-table sandwich/salad market Mendocino Farms.  There’s an ABC license posted at 11911 San Vicente Blvd. announcing the impending arrival to the spot that once housed carb palace Noah’s Bagels.  No word on an opening date, but the website promises sometime in 2018.




Sustain A Bowl Coming Soon To Westchester

I short time ago, I told you about the window paper covering the space at 8338 Lincoln Blvd. in Westchester that informed us about a new poke joint moving in.  Well, plans must have changed because what was supposed to have been Fishbowl Poke Co. will now be something called Sustain A Bowl, at least according to the new window paper.  I’m not sure what happened, or when they’ll open, but I’ll keep watching…